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Mel Bendon

A Message at Christmas from Mel

At the end of a busy and transformative year, I have much to be grateful for personally. Sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you, and a Very Happy Christmas and New Year, Mel

caring for seedlings at Lusangazi Farm

News from an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Malawi

Would you like to be a part of this incredible change and to reduce the carbon footprint of your flight at the same time? With WfZ is costs just €10-15 to plant 100 trees - donate today to help us achieve our goal of planting

Landrover entour

The History and Geography of a Hard Man

A few years ago Mel loaded the family into his beloved Land Rover (his beloved family into his beloved Land Rover, that is) and drove them from Cape Town to Glandore. As he blew a cloud of Saharan dust off the bonnet outside his local

Land Rover Defender enroute

Change of plan

One thing that Mel learned a long time ago in business is that, if circumstances dictate, you change the plan – but never the goal! The plan has changed

Newly made Zoë pump valves

Precious Plastic

On my first day in the factory I saw one of the workers drilling holes into the small and big valve and – having built a CNC router at home a few years ago – I thought it is a waste of time if she

Mel's new bike from Richard Dalacour of Oxford bikes UK

Arrival of Mel’s new bike

If you are restless enough to be wandering the hills of Kinsale at 5.30 am one of these mornings, you might see Mel emerge from the early morning mist on his new bike. A handsome touring model custom built by bike builder-cum-philosopher Richard Dalacour of

Tour d'Afrique pyramids

Mel’s Tour d’Afrique 2020

Mel Bendon will undertake the original trans-continental journey and flagship TDA cycling expedition crossing Africa from north to south, covering almost 12,000 km in four months. A test of mind, body, and bicycle.

Kirsty in office

Girl Child Student Excel Spreadsheet

For the last few weeks, I have been busy working on the girl child student excel spreadsheet, updating and proofreading information on each of the girls Wells for Zoë provides secondary school fees for.

Girls going to graduation

Girl Child Student Form 4 Graduation 2019

I was very lucky to be the ‘Guest of Honour’ at the Wells for Zoë Form 4 graduation ceremony on Saturday 8th June. Not only was it an incredible celebration of the girl child students and the challenges they have overcome to reach their final

Margret and Miriam

Caregiver Preschool Training at Kachere CBO

Attending the preschool training workshop for caregivers at Kachere CBO has been one of the highlights of my stay in Malawi (so far!). It was so inspiring to see how much encouragement and confidence the preschools team give the caregivers – I learned that caregivers

Function in Mphompha with TA & MBC

Trip to Mphompha, Rumphi

Last Tuesday, I was lucky enough to go on the trip with John, Rose, Harisen and Adamson to Mphompha in Rumphi district, to attend a function for the celebration of the Wells for Zoë #1millionTrees project in the area. Malawian radio and television company MBC

Girl Child Students at WfZ Centre for Learning

Child Marriage

Looking back on my first three weeks in Malawi, one thing that has really stood out to me in particular so far is the amazing amount of care and support the girl child students receive from everyone at Wells for Zoë. In Malawi, education for girls